David & Anne's story

“The charity has become my lifeline too following Anne’s death. I wouldn’t say volunteering for Iain Rennie Hospice at Home saved my life exactly, but it certainly turned it around."

“I nursed my mother through breast cancer before Iain Rennie Hospice at Home came into existence – then I nursed my wife, Anne, through the same disease many years later. The huge difference this time was the immense support I received from Iain Rennie."

“I remember when my mother was ill and in tremendous pain. I rang the GP’s surgery but the receptionist wouldn’t let me speak to the doctor. I was at my wits end and didn’t know what to do. When Anne’s prognosis became terminal, I knew at least that terrible feeling of responsibility and powerlessness would never happen this time.

“I knew I could call the Iain Rennie 24-hour on-call line at any time – at 2am if necessary – and the peace of mind that brought was immeasurable. It was so reassuring; you just never felt completely on your own.

“The charity has become my lifeline too following Anne’s death. I wouldn’t say volunteering for Iain Rennie Hospice at Home saved my life exactly, but it certainly turned it around. I’ve never really got used to living on my own. I still work, but I also spend a great deal of time volunteering at the charity's events and street collections. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do with my time than ensure more people can use the Iain Rennie nursing service if they need it.

“I try not to be pushy with the fundraising, I just tell people my story if they are interested and often listen to theirs. I got chatting to one lady during a street collection on a weekend. She made a donation and promised she’d get in touch with the office about regular giving. I thought no more about it but colleagues at the office informed me she had indeed rung in to request a direct debit form the next working day!

“I feel really moved by people’s generosity at times like this. Like the time I watched 1,000 supporters winding their way up a hill in our first-ever Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge. If my experience can make more people aware of Rennie Grove Hospice Care and its need for funds to keep on caring, I’m more than happy to help in memory of Anne.”